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City slickers trek to Hudson Valley’s Bear Mountain Inn

Courtesy Bear Mountain Inn

BEAR MOUNTAIN, N.Y. — In the early 1900s, city dwellers made the trek through the Hudson Valley by rail or by steamboat to Bear Mountain Inn.

Now, after the recent refurbishing of the historic lodge, they are making the trip again.

At the base of Bear Mountain, the inn overlooks the shores of Hessian Lake within the Palisades Park system, which stretches from the edge of New York City through the Hudson Valley. It is on both the National Register of Historic Places and the New York State Register of Historic Places.

Bear Mountain Inn had been closed for many years, but as New York State residents began to hear that it was making a comeback, they began to appear with many of the hotel’s original decorative items and furnishings, sold off when the inn closed.

Those donated pieces have been incorporated into the newly refurbished inn, with its 12 guest rooms, three suites and 11,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

The inn has even greater potential for meetings when paired with the Overlook Lodge, its sister property a short walk away. The Overlook Lodge has 24 guest rooms and four six-guestroom cottages as well as several small meeting rooms.

Since it reopened last year, Bear Mountain Inn has hosted holiday buffet functions, meetings and social galas.

Its meeting spaces include the ground level’s 3,000-square-foot Appalachian Room and 1,550-square-foot Adirondack Room. Each has windowed walls overlooking the grounds and access to a terrace.

On the inn’s second floor, the Perkins and Harriman ballrooms can be combined for 5,695 square feet of meeting space that feature beamed ceilings, an open-hearth fireplace, rustic columns and views of the park and mountain. There are also two 600-square-foot meeting rooms on the second floor.

The inn’s staff includes meeting and food-and-beverage professionals. In April, the Inn’s 1915 Restaurant; for now, a lounge offers light fare. In April, a spa will also open.

Bear Mountain State Park offers boating, hiking, a zoo, a swimming pool (summer only) and an ice skating rink (late fall and winter).

The inn is near Westchester International Airport and is an hour from Manhattan.